With single coyotes there are several things that I like to do. If I have howled and had a vocal response from more than one coyote, how I call and shoot will be slightly different than if I had a single or no response. In the case of a single or no response I will handle the stand very similar to what I feel is commonly discussed in magazine articles and on the internet.
The case of a multiple response is where I feel that I change things up a little. I will try and kill the first coyote in as soon as possible. I want this coyote to be shot so that when it falls its on my side of any knoll or hill. I donít want it to be approached by another coyote without me seeing. I feel that the sooner you shoot this coyote the less likely your shot(s) will impact any other coyotes that maybe approaching.
I prefer to howl after the first coyote rather than the traditional pup distress sound. I have good success with howling and want to save the traditional pup distress sound for the third and fourth coyotes that may come in.
As a matter of fact, if I have been silent for a while I may just call as loudly possible on the same distress sound that I originally used to lure the first one in.
If I have chosen to howl I will give two or three howls. I then return to the prey sound that was already in use.
If I have one coyote down and have been on the stand for 8-10 minutes I will often change my primary sound. I will usually start the stand with a prey sound and at this point I often change it up to pup whines (not the kiyi's), fox distress or maybe a woodpecker. I like to change it up a bit, but give them something that I think most coyotes would be able to handle.
I have had lots of coyotes come in on this change and feel that it really helps. It doesn'
t take a coyote very long to cover a mile. The change may interest a coyote that wasnít previously interested. Quite often I will howl a couple howls just before changing sounds.
After howling often you get vocal responses from coyotes that you previously didnít know were there.
After you have a couple of coyotes down I feel that it is a good idea to change howlers. Make it sound like another coyote has entered the mix. I try not to get too aggressive too soon and prefer higher pitched medium length howls. It is also a good time to start using the kiyi's. I have been known to use a mouth call to kiyi while playing a prey sound at this time.
I try and give the impression that a young coyote is struggling with its prey or a couple of pups are fighting over some food. And sometimes Iím not sure what I'm trying to do. I just like to get something going. Lots of times you get nothing to happen. Other times I have been faced with some real chargers. I guess they want a piece of the action.
It is at this time that a lot of the really big dogs will show up howling and kicking dirt, displaying dominance.
I guess that I'm one of those kitchen sink callers. If I know that there are still coyotes around I'll try everything that I have to get them all. I have often wondered if this strategy hurts me in the long run but as I cover a lot of country it hasn't seemed to yet.
Another scenario is, we have been on the stand for say 30 minutes and killed a couple of coyotes. We know that there are other coyotes nearby but haven't been able to get them to commit. Maybe we have seen these coyotes or can hear them. Sometimes both of us will get on the howlers and start kiyiing and challenging each other. I say sometimes because this has also scared away coyotes.
One February a couple years ago my hunting partner Rob and I quit a stand after 45 minutes using this tactic. We left because Rob had run out of bullets and I was down to my last one.
A couple of years ago another experienced caller and I were talking about coyote when he declared that he personally had never killed more than two coyotes on a stand. "What do you do to get these other coyotes?" Robby asked me. I thought for a few minutes and replied, "Donít stop calling." This, I believe, is good advice. I know of a very successful team that always automatically call for 10 minutes after killing a coyote, no matter how long they have already called.
Another key to harvesting multiple coyotes to be able to shoot well. A good range finder and a rifle that shoots well can usually help you pick up a few extra coyotes throughout the season. A friend of mine recently killed five coyotes on one stand. He shot one at 378 yards and another at 535. The rest were closer. Being good with a rifle is a definite plus.
Time of year can also be a factor. I am convinced that October is the month that you mostly are able to harvest 3 or more animals on a stand. The pups have left the family group for the most part, but still remain in the vicinity of their parents.
It takes a lot of time in the field to get the experience needed to consistently harvest multiple coyotes. I remember in one of the coyote videos I watched, Ed Sceery was giving instruction on how to become a better coyote caller. In this video Ed claimed that one of the most important elements in becoming a good caller was to "be a diehard. Donít give up. Keep trying.Ē I also believe that being a diehard is very important if you want to achieve consistent success.